Blue Star Mothers memorial set for May 24 in Jamestown

Those attending the Lake Erie New York Chapter 4 of the Blue Star Mothers Gold Star Memorial last year experienced the reverent remembrance and deep honor that day held for our Gold Star Heroes, their families and friends, and everyone in attendance.

This year the Blue Star Mothers will be hosting the 2nd Annual Gold Star Memorial at the Jamestown Veterans Memorial Park on West Third Street at Harding and Logan streets in Jamestown, on Saturday at 10 a.m.

During the time of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, our county lost seven young men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our county. Last May the group honored these seven, and their families.

This year a couple more heroes will be added to the list. They and their families will be honored.

Last year, a rock with a plaque was dedicated in remembrance of our Gold Star heroes. Seven flowering cherry trees were dedicated to all of Chautauqua County’s Gold Star heroes throughout time, from the Revolutionary War to the current war in Afghanistan. Blue Star Mothers hope that when community members pass these trees along West Third Street this spring and notice them in full bloom, they will be reminded of the sacrifices these local heroes made for our freedoms, as well as the sacrifices of their families.

Blue Star Mothers plan to hold a yearly memorial service on the Saturday before Memorial Day and placing a wreath at the Memorial Rock. The public is invited to join them in remembering those local heroes who made the ultimate sacrifices for our country. Bring a chair to the event because seating will be limited.